Walk through the arched doorways of Flovie and into a whole new world. One that’s full of warmth, colour and creativity.
You’ll be welcomed by the crisp scent of fresh flowers that Valerie picked from the market that morning. A rainbow of different colours and textures that give life to the Victorian style building. Then look a little further to see an arrangement of plush seats, an antique piano, and lopsided mirrors hanging on the wall.
It’s a whimsical combination of elements that some how work together to create a charming inner-city wonderland.
Jia Wang is an experienced businessman and barista who fell in love with Melbourne’s coffee culture. He spent years researching speciality coffee in pursuit of the perfect house blend which he discovered at White Mojo. Here, on the streets of Balwyn, he met a talented florist named Valerie Wang and when their passion for flowers and coffee collided, Flovie was born.
There was just one thing missing – a culinary mastermind. At the helm of the kitchen is Japanese-Filipino chef, Hiroshi Okuda who has curated a delectable Asian fusion menu. He is a qualified graphic designer responsible for Flovie’s distinctive lilac logo and signage. With a creative background, each plate is his canvas, and every meal is a colourful work of art. His signature dish is char sui pulled pork with eggs benedict. But my top pick would have to be Flovie’s black forest hotcakes.
Lovingly prepared and presented, the heavenly soufflé hotcakes are served with cherry compote and chocolate crème angliase that you drizzle over the top. Moist and fluffy, they’re like a stack of mini chocolate mud-cakes, plated up with a fresh rose that you can take home with you at the end of your meal.
The drinks menu, created by Jia, is equally creative. It pays homage to Flovie’s floral theme with an assortment of original flavours including a pale pink rose tea latte with roasted pistachio and coconut milk.
With such a unique concept, it’s no surprise that Flovie’s waiting line extends right down Queensberry Street, with Melbournians dying to get a taste of the budding café and its beautiful floral arrangements. There is luxury in every detail of the space, and I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to experience its pastel magic.
Flovie is open from 8am – 5.30pm, Monday- Sunday so skip the day spa and get the girls together for an afternoon of flowers, light and rose tea lattes.